by: Madison Barnes
5 lucky writers have just been chosen to embark on the year-long “Emerging Writer’s Fellowship” at Universal Pictures, the company’s first-ever diversity program aimed at nurturing new voices in the industry. Chandus T. Jackson, Margaret Rose Lester, Steve Martinez, Ivy Pruss, and Saila Reyes will all be take part in a paid fellowship, and be part of daily production, along with specific writing assignments.
The writers will report to the Co-Presidents of Production Peter Cramer and Jeffrey Kirschenbaum, and work with mentors and guest speakers like Chris Morgan (“Fast and Furious”), Jeremy Garelick (“The Break-Up”), writer-producer Cheo Hodari Coker (“Notorious”) and Suzanne de Passe of DePasse Jones Entertainment.
The idea for the program came from EVP of Film Production Scott Bernstein and the SVP/CFO of Film Production Arturo Barquet, along with Donna Langley of Universal’s Diversity Council. The studio developed the program as a testament to their commitment to opening new doors and providing new new perspectives into the company.